Law Vs. Business: Who Wins The Jobs?

How we did the analysis: First, we isolated the law schools with the best at-graduation placement records of 2011 and ranked them in order of the percentage of JDs with full-time jobs requiring Bar passage. Then, we looked at the latest 2012 placement stats at the business schools on the same campuses.

The first two numbers in the table are for grads with jobs at graduation. The second two numbers reflect jobs nine months later at law schools and jobs three months later at business schools.

JDs vs. MBAs: How Law Schools Compares Against B-Schools in Employment

 

School Law Business Law Business
  1. University of Virginia 97.3% 81.5% 96.0% 90.9%
  2. Stanford University 93.2% 71.3% 95.8% 87.8%
  2. Columbia University 93.2% 77.0% 95.4% 91.6%
  4. Harvard University 90.9% 77.4% 93.7% 89.3%
  5. Yale University 90.7% 66.5% 91.2% 85.5%
  6. University of Chicago 90.6% 84.1% 95.1% 92.3%
  7. University of Penn 83.6% 79.7% 91.2% 91.7%
  8. George Washington Univ. 81.7% 55.7% 88.0% 85.2%
  9. Northwestern University 77.4% 76.9% 84.7% 91.7%
10. Duke University 72.9% 86.5% 87.4% 91.7%
11. UC-Berkeley 72.6% 74.4% 82.6% 92.7%
12. University of Michigan 70.7% 74.3% 85.8% 81.4%
13. Cornell University 69.7% 82.0% 76.1% 89.6%
14. University of Alabama 66.5% 77.3% 87.8% 90.7%
15. Vanderbilt University 65.2% 71.1% 76.3% 87.2%
16. Georgia State University 64.5% NA 77.4% NA
17.. University of Minnesota 64.0% 83.6% 66.3% 90.9%
18.. Georgetown University 63.7% 67.9% 71.1% 88.8%
19. Indiana University 62.1% 76.1% 73.3% 89.4%
20. University of Texas-Austin 62.0% 80.7% 76.7% 92.5%
21. University of Houston 58.0% 55.3% 75.8% 76.6%
22. University of Maryland 57.6% 58.5% 62.3% 88.1%
23. University of Louisville 57.5% NA 86.6% NA
24. University of Georgia 56.8% 65.8% 66.5% 86.8%
25. Rutgers (data for Camden law) 55.0% 60.0% 65.3% 93.3%

Source: Law & business schools reporting to U.S. News & World Report

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